So, you’ve got yourself a canker sore! No, you’ve got a cut. Or, you’ve got some kind of irritation that’s uncomfortable and you’re pretty sure you scraped your gum tissue. Maybe you burned your tongue! There are so many types of little injuries and hurts that can affect your oral health that can cause you to feel like you really don’t know if it’s time for home care or time for a dental visit. We can help you figure out which way to go and how to proceed!
How To Address Issues At Home
If you’re dealing with an oral health related irritation, sore, scrape, or something similar (and minor) at home, then we are happy to help. Remember that there are some simple general guidelines that will allow problems to heal. First, leave the area alone as much as you can. When you touch, push on, and mess with such a site, you encourage further irritation, swelling, and even infection (your fingertips carry bacteria!). In addition to giving it space to heal, we encourage you to rinse with salt water, which is a natural antiseptic that will help reduce inflammation and keep the area clean.
When To Come In For Help
There are some instances in which you should come in to our practice for help with this type of oral health concern, rather than trying to treat the problem on your own at home. Consider the following:
- If you try to give the area a chance to heal but it remains or gets worse, it is best to schedule a dental visit. We can offer you the care you need.
- If you notice that an issue is particularly severe (such as a much more intense canker sore than you’ve ever had before), then it is best to see us right away.
Treat Oral Health Problems Quickly
See us for care for all of your oral health concerns, from sores and irritations to decay and more! We are here to help your smile. Call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.